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  1. Antibiotics May Raise Bowel Disease Risk in Kids

    Sept. 24, 2012 -- Overuse of antibiotics may help explain why more children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In a new study, getting antibiotics, especially very early in childhood, was linked to a raised risk for IBD. IBD is a catch-all term for a group of serious intestin

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  2. New Antibiotic in the Works for Dangerous C. Diff

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- Hospital patients infected with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have more than twice the risk of dying compared to patients without the infection, a Dutch study shows. At the same time, there is hope for a new antibiotic that may lower the risk. Each year

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  3. Secrets to Gas Control

    The average person passes gas 14 to 23 times a day. Knowing it’s healthy and normal doesn’t always keep it from being embarrassing. If you’re tired of silly jokes and occasional upset, a few simple tips may help you take charge of bloating and gassiness.   The friendly bacteria in our guts help dige

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  4. Tainted Tap Water Sickens 1.1 Million Each Year

    Sept. 14, 2012 – The pipes that ferry drinking water from public wells to home taps may let in viruses that cause more than a million cases of stomach illness every year, two new studies show. “This is a really big deal,” says Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, MPH&TM, a professor at Tufts University and chair

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  5. New IBS Drug Linzess Approved

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- The FDA today approved Linzess, a new kind of drug that relieves constipation and pain for some adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In drug trials, people with IBS with constipation (a subtype of IBS called IBS-C) had more frequent and better bowel movements and less abdomin

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  6. New Way to Ease Ulcerative Colitis?

    Aug. 15, 2012 -- A pill that targets the very early stages of the body’s immune response may ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. The drug is called tofacitinib. It's up for FDA consideration to treat another condition -- rheumatoid arthritis. In a new study, researchers tested the drug in peopl

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  7. Do You Need a Gluten-Free Diet? Probably Not

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- For a lot of people, gluten-free diets are more trend than treatment, a new study shows. The study estimates that 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease. Another 1.6 million are on gluten-free diets, the recommended treatment for celiac disease. Yet there's almost no overlap betwe

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  8. Some Dietary Supplements Linked to Liver Damage

    May 23, 2012 -- Bodybuilding and weight loss supplements may help you look better, but with some of these supplements there's an ugly tradeoff: a very real risk of liver damage. Using data from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver

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  9. The Laxative-Free 'Virtual Colonoscopy'

    May 14, 2012-- For many people, preparing for a colonoscopy is sometimes more daunting than the procedure itself. You typically stop eating solid food for at least a day, and then drink what seems like gallons of liquid to clean out your bowel. You need to stay close to a bathroom, because you will

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  10. Aging and Digestive Health

    Getting older has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you get more time to relax and enjoy life. On the minus side lie many health challenges -- including an increase in digestive health disorders. Of course, problems with digestion can occur at any age. Yet nearly 40% of older adults have one or

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